GSoC idea to setup Gitlab for Fedora Hosted, looking for mentors

Dan Allen dan.j.allen at
Tue Mar 20 17:47:46 UTC 2012


I didn't mean to leave you hanging (I've been really backlogged atm). That
aside...I am *thrilled* that you've expressed interest in the gitlab
adoption/migration project. With the success of github in mind as a model,
I see tremendous potential for the impact this can have on the Fedora
community and every community that extends from it. The transparency and
insight that gitlab offers into the source code (just as github does)
cannot be underestimated. It makes open source...eye opening.

I recognize there are some big hurdles in this project, and there's no
question it will be a touch challenge. But there are two guiding lights

- There are other groups that need this packaging problem solved (e.g.,
mod_passanger), so you are not alone (the open source openshift stack needs
this as well, and badly, so the ball will be rolling well before the summer
- This will be one of the most visible outcomes, if successful, across all
of GSoC. People will come out of the hedges to support it, everything in my
gut leads me to believe that.

I don't want be overly optimistic, but hopefully that expresses some of the
reasoning that compelled me to propose the project.

As I mentioned in the other thread, I'll be around, but not likely a
mentor. Anyone else here would be a better fit, plus I'm already
over-committed to projects atm. However, what I can do is assist where I
can to get in touch with people that are interested in assisting with the
project, will become part of the long-term support team or can solve issues
beyond your control. Even the gitlab team has expressed interest in doing
whatever they can to support the adoption, so you won't be alone.

Ask questions, be bold, acknowledge the challenges and don't be afraid to
share your own vision for the project. I'll finish with advice my my
grandfather told me many times, "where there's a will, there's a way".



On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 17:42, Stas Sușcov <stas at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm not sure I'm allowed to write to this list for GSoC questions,
> but it looks like most of the people interested in this application can be
> found only here, so I took a chance.
> I'm a student from Romania, looking to hack some Ruby code during this
> summer
> and I found Fedora as one of the not so many organizations offering this
> opportunity.
> I read the whole thread, and I found suggestions and conditions you need
> from a student, pleasant for myself.
> I know Ruby (among other programming languages) and I know sysadmining.
> Previously I had 2 successful GSoC editions with WordPress Foundation,
> and my first year project latest commit dates March 14th, this year.
> The only problem I can for-see, is that I had and still maintain deep
> involvement in Ubuntu community (I'm the infrastructure admin for
> ubuntu-ro).
> I don't know if this is an issue or not, but I really hope this wont
> affect in any way our relationship (here in Romania, we do Barcamps every
> year with fedora-ro, with beer, hiking and lots of pics, thx to @nicubunu
>**2011/poze<>). :)
> If all this stuff sounds interesting, I would be happy to present a draft
> on how we could solve FedoraHosted transition to Gitlab, and ensure its
> well maintained from now on.
> Lately I started to hang on #fedora-summer-coding|#**jbosstesting at freenode,
> but I'm not sure whom I should query.
> I can't see Dan either online.
> I also have a Github account:
> and a resume:**html<>
> Thanks in advance for reading this, and I'm looking forward for your reply.
> P.S.: I will also be ok if you would like to find a fedora guy for this
> project, if so, just let me know, I won't mind. Seriously!
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Dan Allen
Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat | Author of Seam in Action
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